Weekly Photo: Indulge

Happy times!
Thinking about this indulgement, many ideas came to my mind, I thought of ice cream, and cake, and chocolates, and fast food, and shopping and fun. So that, I have here the perfect photo that has all of these things together. A lovely place where I sepent a wonderful time, just having fun and indulging my self with delicious treats! 😀

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Jane Austen words for troubled souls

Let Jane Austen comfort you.
For many years Patrice Hannon has spent her time teaching her students about the works of Jane Austen. After a while, Hannon noticed how much some students related to Austen’s characters and how they found comfort on the advice given among the characters of Austen’s novels.

One day, Hannon came up with the idea of working on a manuscript with the style of a self-help book, in which imaginary readers wrote letters to “Dear Jane Austen”. The answers to this conflicted readers would come from Jane Austen novels.

By this way, the book Dear Jane Austen, A hereoine’s guide to Life and Love became not only a way to go through the famous English writer’s work, but also a place where it’s nice to stay, as the conflicts and troubles presented are common in our everyday life and the answers are so well selected that it’s almost possible to see Jane Austen actually answering those letters.

The book approaches different aspects of life such as family and friends, the world around ourselves and our own character. Through this topics, it’s possible to get immerse into some of the novels written by Austen such as Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

In the end, in only 156 pages, Hannon manages to touch the readers heart and make it feel real close to Jane Austen work.

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People behind masks

“To understand other cultures we must experience them”, says Trish Nicholson, author of the ebook Masks of the Moryons
So, after spending some time in the Philippines, Trish wrote this book to take the readers into Mogpog, a little town in which every Easter the Masks of the Moryons appear during a special celebration.
This masks, made with wood, carved and painted to show different characters, are worn by people who participate in a recreation of the passages of the Passion of Jesus of Nazareth.
But the celebration goes further than a theatrical representation, as some of the people who wear the masks are actually expressing their vows of penance.
To understand this ceremony and it’s deeper meanings, Trish not only spent some time in Mogpog leaving with a local family, but also took part of the celebrations wearing a mask.
This allowed her to understand much better their customs and later on to express her experiences in a vividly story that talks about a town with a long history, a rich culture and strong traditions.

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Weekly Photo: Down

A mountain with a seaview.

For this week, I’ve chosen a wonderful sunny view of the ocean taken from a mountain. Have a nice weekend! 😀

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Weekly Photo: Regret

Pain and Sorrow.

How much sorrow it’s expressed by this sculpture that shows the pain and regrets of a tormented soul that desperately prays for its troubles to be ended.

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The love of a king: Letters from Henry to Anne

The love of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
First discovered in the Vatican library, a compilation of 18 letters written by the English King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn was published “in Oxford in 1720 by Hearne, in a volume entitled Roberti de Avesbury Historia de mirabilibus gestis Edwardi III and inserted in the third volume of the Harleian Miscellany, 1745″, according to J.O. Hallywell Phillips who wrote some notes for the English edition (some of the letters were originally written in French) that was launched under the title The Love letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn, published in 1906 in Boston and London, by John W. Luce and Company and The Merrymount press.

In these letters the words of Henrry VIII are full of love and hope regarding his relationship with her “mistress and friend” as he refers to Anne.

The notes made by Hallywell say that these correspondance should have been written around 1525, some time after Anne Boleyn left the royal court.

In his writing, the king expresses great affection for Anne, reasuring her of his love and worries due to the time they have been appart from each other, wishing she keeps the same affection for him. Henry VIII also shows great concern when he learns that Anne has been sick and wishes they could be together again.

In his fourth letter he writes: “…my heart and I surrender ourselves into your hands, beseeching you to hold us commended to your favour, and that by absence your affection to us may not be lessened: for it were a great pity to increase our pain, of which absence produces enough and more than I could ever have thought could be felt, reminding us of a point in astronomy which is this: the longer the days are, the more distant is the sun, and nevertheless the hotter; so is it with our love, for by absence we are kept a distance from one another, and yet it retains its fervour, at least on my side; I hope the like on yours, assuring you that on my part the pain of absence is already too great for me; and when I think of the increase of that which I am forced to suffer, it would be almost intolerable, but for the firm hope I have of your unchangeable affection for me…”

The last letter of the series of 18 ends with these words: “Written with the hand which fain would be yours, and so is the heart.”

Unfortunately a very little is know about the letters that Anne sent to the King during this period, replies that are refered by the King in his own mail, however some missives written by Anne appear in books like The Life and Death of Anne Bullen, Queen Consort of England and Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic of the Reign of Henry VIII.

It’s in these XIX editions where the last letter written by Anne to Henry VIII can be found, asking her King to spare her from the death sentence, reminding him of the love he had for her which made him chose her for his wife. “You have chosen me, from a low Estate, to be your Queen and Companion, far beyond my Desert or Desire”, Anne says as a last attempt to save her life.

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Shadows and lines.
When I saw this scene I immediately knew I wanted to keep it on a photo because of the nice way all the lines, shadows and shapes of the buildings and the streets converge, making of it a nice urban scenery.

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Dreams and memories, the instruments of time-traveling

An endless journey through time.
A passionate reader, Herbert George Wells, better known as H.G. Wells, published in 1895 his novel The Time Machine, a story in which the adventures of the Time Traveler are revealed to a group of men of science.

As the story advances, the English writer talks about the instruments that allowed such a journey, letting everybody know the places and the ages that have been visited by the Traveler during his interminable voyage.

The time machine is described by Wells as “parts were of nickel, parts of ivory, parts had certainly been filed or sawn out of rock crystal”.

Intrigued by it, they keep on listening to the details of such an outstanding trip, while the Time Traveler keeps bouncing in Time, getting amazed by all what he sees.

He’s gone and come back, and now he’s gone again. The machine is gone with him and nobody knows if he’ll comeback some day. The only thing that it’s for sure, as Wells says, is that “even when mind and strength had gone, gratitude and a mutual tenderness still lived on in the heart of man”.

The story of the Time Machine has had such an impact in many writers, that ever since the story appeared, several stories related to time traveling have been published, as well as many tv series and even two movies under the same title as the novel by Wells, which were filmed following the main elements of The Time Machine. One in 1960, and another one in 2002. Is in the second one, Dr. Alexander Hartdegen, travels through time looking for an answer to the question “why he can’t change the past no matter how many time he has tried to do it so?”

That question and so many others related to time traveling are still in the air, but in the end it’s the same H.G. Wells gives an answer available for everyone: “We all have our time machines. Those that take us back are memories, and those that carry us forward, are dreams.”

And it was because of his dreams and memories shown in his novel, that H.G. Wells has been able to remain alive in the minds of the readers, and become in this way, the ultimate Time Traveler.

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